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Warbird Replicas Ju88 Night Fighter build

Build of the pre production kits from Warbird Replicas UK

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gillyg102/08/2018 08:45:43
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Looks good Richard. Like it. Thinking might have to do one of these. It's on the list anyway.
RICHARD WILLS02/08/2018 11:27:45
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Thanks Graham . Glynns camera plays a big part in getting these realistic shots . Also the big props available for electric models are totally convincing .

Jonathan Roybal04/10/2018 23:41:09
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Hi everyone, I am working on one of these Ju88 kits over here in the United States, and I was wondering if perhaps someone has a picture of where they placed their servo tray? I am waiting on parts to come in the mail but I hope to make some head way this next week.

Cheers

Here is a link to my build log on RC groups.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3124929-Warbird-Replicas-Ju88-G6-Nachtj%C3%A4ger-Build-Log

Eric Robson31/08/2020 09:19:49
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dsc_0636[981] - copy.jpgDay one of my Ju88 build, if all goes a quickly as this it will be soon finished the only thing to slow up progress is good flying weather.

Paul Johnson 431/08/2020 09:38:50
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Looking good... I'm surprised not more of these were ordered.

Danny Fenton31/08/2020 09:44:29
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Excellent start Eric.

Cheers

Danny

Eric Robson31/08/2020 19:36:36
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Thanks Paul and Danny, Good flying weather won today one of my soldered flying wires come adrift on the Fury, now repaired. Also flew ME,109 and a Tucano no problems with them, forecast for rain on Wednesday so that will probably be day two for the Ju 88 build.

leccyflyer31/08/2020 20:22:53
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Would have loved one of these -if anyone has one that they are not going to get round to building, drop me a message.

Eric Robson02/09/2020 22:05:54
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Hi all, many years ago I made this Ju88and painted it in the splinter green livery, I have always wanted to make another on the desert livery. I still have the Roy Scot plan and the article from 1976 so at the moment Iam working on the possibility of modifying the night fighter kit . I have made up the wings today a lot of sanding involved I won't join them yet as they are easier to manage separately .dsc_0639[986].jpg

Eric Robson04/09/2020 10:04:09
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dsc_0640[988].jpgAfter 3 days and a lot of balsa dust and shavings this is where I am at the wiring is in the wing for the retracts motors and ailerons. The fin is the one for the night fighter version I have copied the the Roy Scot earlier version onto 3 sheets of a4 and now need to build it up. I am still undecided about the front glazing much easier to make the early night fighter version as supplied .I want the dark green or desert camo. as the light grey blends to well with the clouds we get a lot of up here. Wednesday turned out fine so I went flying all day.

Cheers Eric.

ps. that is a Warbirds Spitfire next to it.

Paul Johnson 404/09/2020 10:09:39
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Nice quick build..... you'll be flying next week cheeky

Danny Fenton04/09/2020 10:31:46
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really speedy building Eric, well done

Cheers

Danny

Eric Robson24/09/2020 23:31:31
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dsc_0653[1023].jpgAfter making use of the good flying weather and repairing a model damaged during this time I am back on the JU88. I have mounted the retracts and cut one side lower nacelle ,the fin is not from the kit as I am making an earlier version, if I had went with the kit version night fighter I would have been a lot further into the build as the fin and rudder are foam veneered and just need the top and bottom blocks and capping's on. You were right Paul I was flying the next week only not the Ju88

Eric Robson27/09/2020 11:54:56
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dsc_0655[1029].jpgdsc_0654[1026].jpgI have made up the early fin and rudder, depending on how I get on with the front glazing depends on weather it will be a bomber or early night fighter. The nose glazing and underside bomb aimers gondola are the awkward parts, I can get away with the single gun main canopy as some were fitted with single guns in the centre and some had two guns, the twin gun canopy is quite complicated so worth avoiding. I have found a block of pink foam which is big enough for the gondola don't like working with foam very messy and creates a lot of static but it is probably the best option . the Roy Scot plan had it formed in fibreglass but long out of production.

leccyflyer27/09/2020 13:01:07
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She's looking brilliant Eric - nice work.

Danny Fenton27/09/2020 13:07:42
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Cracking on nicely Eric, well done

Cheers

Danny

Eric Robson11/10/2020 23:38:03
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dsc_0666[1052].jpgAfter a break from the Ju88. due to good flying weather I have made some progress over the last two days on my night fighter to bomber conversion. Thanks to Richard moulding me a glazed nose cone it went better than planned, the bomb aimers compartment was a copied from the Roy Scott plan for outline and as no sections shown due to the fact he was producing a fibre glass moulding, I guesstimated it from photo's. The fuselage is now covered with brown paper, one motor is fitted but the cross mounting supplied fitted the motor but the holes for mounting it on the bulkhead did not fully extend beyond the circumference of the motor. I have countersunk the holes and used 3mm countersunk Allen screws but only have enough for one motor. I think Richard could be persuaded to produce some more kits if there was enough people interested .dsc_0665[1053].jpg

Eric Robson12/10/2020 20:05:14
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Elevators and rudder covered, the rudder should be sheeted ,the plan I was working off showed3/4" balsa but I made it built up to save weight. it's a long fuselage so keeping the back end as light as possible. dsc_0672[1056].jpg

RICHARD WILLS13/10/2020 08:52:41
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Great work Eric , I like the fact that you are creating a different version of the 88 and of course , with that decision comes the option of lots of other colour schemes . I am still flying prototype and it has filled the role I intended . That was to provide a simple to build and operate large twin with no hidden "nasties" .

The fuselage cross section of the 88 is basically square but with round corners . There are no convex curves (as with a Heinkel or Mosquito ) so we could employ large sections of foam veneer so that the builder can get an airframe together very quickly . This is particularly helpful with twins as you have to realise that extra time will be spent on the wiring . The thinking behind this design approach is that if the modeller is making his first large twin , it is likely that if it takes too long to build , he will approach the flying with more trepidation (simply because of time invested ) . A nervous test flight of a big twin (especially, say , a Mosquito ) quite often ends very badly ( check you tube!) which is a shame, as it then puts off the modeller from building another .

Unfortunately , my theory didn't really carry through as expected . Like I said , the 88 was intended as a quick build ,entry level twin that would still have plenty of wow factor . I know Adrian , who started this thread flew his version at all of the big shows , with his usual flair and got great responses , but we still only sold a handful . But just think about this . It is a 10lb 72" twin warbird that you can use every week ,Have a look on you tube at similar sized twins crashing left right and centre , then check their weights !

The old adage of "you can take a horse to water ...." comes to mind , but equally , people want to invest their time and money on what they fancy . When I "were a lad" (Im not even Northern ) , I use to build Airfix and Revell kits of all types . With a couple of exceptions , I liked them all . I really recommend considering other types rather then the usual -Spitfire/Hurricane/Mosquito. Lets face it , if you smash it on the first outing or the dam thing just firightens you , then it wasnt a good venture in the first place .

Eric Robson13/10/2020 10:29:11
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Thanks Richard, if I had built it as per kit it would have been finished now. My original Roy Scott flew very well until the dreaded engine failure, I actually repaired it and fitted a 60 t.s.in and flew it as an early night fighter the single prop was almost invisible. Now with electric flight engine loss is not much of a problem I will have more confidence when flying. There are 2 members of our club who have Mosquito's and I have yet to see them fly, both have 52 4 st. motors one is about 3 yrs. old and has not flown, the other has been flown but only manages one flight then he quits while he's ahead as most times I am told he damages the undercarriage on landing mainly due to the weight of the aeroplane. I want to fly as much as possible and don't see the fun in bringing a plane up to the field and setting it up for one flight..

Cheers Eric.

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